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This was an incredible hike. Only saw 2 other people the entire trip. The only complaints and advise I have is:

- the road to the parking for the hike is dirt road. We went after it rained and it was a little challenging with a car. Suggest a truck or Jeep. It’s a long drive from the main road. My car made it fine but it was a lot slower than if I was in a bigger off road vehicle.

- the hike is NOT 8.6 miles. We followed it to a tee (this app was amazing and it recorded everything) it was 10.3 miles long! Thank goodness we took snacks and plenty of water. (Pack accordingly) better to have more than enough then not enough)

- stop and enjoy the sights!! It was beautiful! We went clockwise (and so happy we did!) the hardest part was at the beginning but once you get over the first mountain to the bottom the running water was beautiful and so relaxing. We sat there for 30 min listening to the water run and the birds chirp and took our first break.

- the rest of the trip was great. Lots of up and downhill. But nothing too hard. There are a few places where you need to watch your footing because of the drop (small trail)

- Stop for breaks and bring snacks as this is a long one. NOT recommended for hot weather. The sun was out and at times made it hard (it beats down on you) not a lot of coverage. But since the weather was so nice, the breeze made it tolerable. Wear good sunblock! Even though it was breezy and cool we got a good redness from the day. Cloudy days seem to burn more lol.

I hike often but this by far was the longest one I’ve been on. I’m not in the best shape and still was able to do this one. A little harder at times but definitely, if you have the stamina do it! My daughter (18) came with me and she has only hiked ( more like walked ) once in her life. It was hard towards the end to get to the finish. But definitely doable. I would say between moderate and hard. Because the length and the climbs. Be prepared for over a 10 mile hike for this one. I will try to attach my map so you can see. The record on the map was spot on and so helpful. There are only 2 places along the journey that it is hard to find the connecting trail, the map helped when we zoomed in and were trying to figure the direction. Otherwise it is easy to know where to go. It is not marked well at all and easy to get lost so make sure to look at your phone often.

*********I took a charging case and a backup mophie charger for my iPhone. Thank goodness or I would have run out of battery. The app runs constantly and drains the battery. we would still be in the mountains if it wasn’t for the app! *******

We are definitely sore today. Mainly calves, but feels great to accomplish this one! Enjoy your trip!

Really enjoyed this loop. I camped a little past the intersection with Terrapin Trail and had a great view of Weaver's Needle for sunrise. I hiked it clockwise, there was some decent elevation gain in the first mile or two, but after that it wasn't too strenuous. Pay close attention at the intersection with Whiskey Spring Trail, I missed it and started hiking up the wrong trail. Gorgeous views, highly recommend! I wrote a blog post with more pictures/detail https://www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/weekend-getaway-to-arizona

such a beautiful trail.. caught a beautiful sunset on the way back

off road driving
1 month ago

Very good scenic trail. Goes up quite high so bring a jacket. Lower trails will soon be closed down so enjoy it while you can

off road driving
1 month ago

Loved this off road drive! It was beautiful and there were lots of butterflies. It was a bit nerve-wracking to hear gun shots and not know where they were shooting since there were bushes in the way. Most people were shooting right off the road though where they can be seen.

Started Clockwise....ended up all over the place as not marked well at all.....but what a beautiful adventurous hike it was!

Don't do it unless you are in shape and have the time to get in and out before sunset... driving down the roads to get there is slow and full of ruts

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, ruins are amazing. While the last mile is tough, I would not say that this trail is very difficult, but rate it as moderately difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, the ruins were awesome to see. Would rate as moderate though. Drive was long and a bit rocky in areas but the views coming back down (cloudy on the way up) were amazing.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great trail! Any stock jeep can make it. We did about a 40 mile loop in about 3 hours. Definitely need your maps. Washes were damp and some puddles still around from Thursday night rain. Great views from Montana Mountain.

off road driving
1 month ago

I drove the trail after a rain and it was challenging. The views were amazing and worth the effort. Make sure you are prepared for rapidly changing conditions.

off road driving
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Trail shouldn’t be ranked as hard. Beautiful scenery!

off road driving
2 months ago

Awesome trail!!!

Not my ideal type of hike, I went counter clockwise. The views were magnificent, trail was perfect. I prefer a hike up like the Peralta. At 2.5 miles I just turned around. Other than that it was absolutely beautiful, barely anyone on the trail only saw 5 people in a span of 3 hours.

In many ways the Miner's Needle is more impressive than the Weaver's Needle and you get much closer on the main trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Difficult trail head (Miles TH) to reach without good clearance on your vehicle. Lots of cat claw on trail as you head in from Kennedy ranch. We only meet two cars on the dirt road. Remote.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a great drive up to the trailhead. Only 3 vehicles were parked there when we arrived early in the afternoon. Game plan was to hike 4.1 miles in to see the ruins. Well about 2.9 miles in while in the wash on the Rogers Canyon trail we encountered a mountain lion. We surprised him, about 75 feet between us when we saw each other. He appeared to be drinking from the stream. He fled down canyon, but we weren’t sure if he would double back and didn’t feel like continuing in his direction toward the ruins, so we opted to backtrack to the trailhead. Time was about 4pm. Bring bear spray and be vigilant for mountain lions in this area of the Superstition Wilderness area.

off road driving
2 months ago

This was my first trip here. Keep the map in reach. Lots of trails to get off track on. Pretty rocky but no tricky obstacles. X3nation

Beautiful trail! Great views the entire way. Tons of flowing water views! Saw tarantula and snakes. Hardly anyone on the trail. Started at 6:30am and took a few hours to do the entire loop. I took lots of breaks for pics though so not sure how long this trail should really take. Great trail the entire time.

We did this trail yesterday, starting at 6:56 a.m. I highly recommend starting early to stay out of heat and for the gorgeous sunrise you encounter on the drive out. Starting early also let us see 2 deer and 1 wild boar. The first decision is whether to go counter-clockwise (CCW) or clock-wise (CW). If you go CCW you will have a gentler ascent , but a rocky, steep decent. If you go CW you will climb steeply , but your desent will be gentler. Which ever works best for your body is what you should do. I think the moderate rating is accurate, mostly due to length, not due to tecnicality. For either direction, you will find the following helpful: long pants or zip-offs, good boots or trail shoes, poles, water, snacks, sunscreen. For the rest of this I will comment on the CCW direction as that is what we did. CCW, you have a gentle incline on ascent with a good trail, and great views. About 1/2 way through you get to the streams. Around the streams you encounter knee-high grass which often obscures the trail. I would not step blindly onto the path without using a pole to beat around checking for rattlers as they were out yesterday. We encountered one who alerted us of his discontent. Also KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEASH so it does not get bit and just out of courtesy to others. Someone mentioned that this trail gets boring. We did not find that at all. Again about 4 miles in, the topography changes and you get more streams and a greater variety of vegetation, but that only last a little while then the awesome mountain views are back. This is also the same area where the grass has overgrown the trail so you need to be on vigilant snake alert. The cactus and ocotillo were all so pretty and lush. You will want your long pants here or you WILL end up with lots of scratches from the plants crowding the trail. The descent is steep and rocky so poles and good shoes/boots will be very helpful on the slippery scree. Going CCW, just remember to bear left. The trail is relatively easy to follow Sometimes you have to walk through a stream bed or cross a stream more than once to pick up the trail, watch for carins, but if you don't see them, just explore around close to the last known trail and you will spot it. Don't go off on a trail you aren't sure about without considering the options and using a little common sense. I'm not sure how people got so lost as some stated. We did use the All Trails app to confirm we were still on track a few times, but overall didn't think following the trail was hard. I feel the trail is a bit longer than stated, but unfortunatley forgot my watch so did not track it. My GPS said we had gone 324 miles...so apparently I forgot to reset that! LOL. My phone said 12.4 miles, but I know that isn't right. My hiking sense and the time said it felt more like 9 miles. We weren't trying to set any speed records, stopped for snacks a couple times, and took lots of pictures and we were on the trail about 5 1/2 hours.

sweet trail would do it again.

I may have been slightly not ready for this trail but did it anyways. Took the suggestion of going clockwise and happy with the choice. The big Up was kinda brutal but didn’t slow me down much. The views on this trail are incredible. The creek beds were all flowing thanks to the recent rain and fun to romp around in. I took my time and came in just under 5 hours. Only passed about 12 people going opposite direction. Came out measuring 9.4 miles as well. This was my longest hike yet and I think I managed alright. NO SHADE THO almost got me. It was only 79 degrees when I finished but I got a pretty nasty burn. Cant wait to do again when cooler out!

Good morning hike! Had the trail all to ourselves

Did this loop counterclockwise, but will do it clockwise if I do it again. Started at 8:00 and completed it in 3.5 hours, and was 95 degrees when I got back to the car. Beautiful views, only saw 4 other people out there, trail was well marked. Cairns show the way when there were wash crossings, and signs were at every trail intersection.

The first thing to figure out with this trail is if you want a big up or big down. If you go clockwise you will get the big up first. If you go counterclockwise you get the big down last thing before you get back to your car.

The rest of this trail is really gradual and most of it is very easy going. I was even thinking this could be one of the better trails for trail running out there.

The flora and fauna for much of the route is in within riparian areas and is incredibly diverse. More than all that, this trail is absolutely beautiful from start to finish. This would be perfect for someone who has been building up endurance for a longer hike, but doesn't need 2000'+ elevation gains.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a challenging hike, all downhill thru the canyon, lots of bolder hopping. At the end of Roger's trough, where it meets Frog Tanks Trail #112 there are indian ruins up the hill (off trail to the NE) a short distance. And then it's 4 miles up hill 1200' all the way back to the car. Too old for this anymore!!! Last time I did it I was 72 and that was in 2011

off road driving
7 months ago

This place is perfect. Want an adventure? Go whatever direction you want! Want a warm up? Get comfortable? Drive the loop. Take about 3 hrs but makes a great day

Great views. Nice relaxing ride.

This trail is absolutely stunning! I couldn't stop looking around in awe. There are a few things that I would caution future hikers about: going counter clockwise, you start on Dutchman's but then after you cross a creek and see a sign for trail 235 (bluff springs?), you take that left, don't continue on Dutchman's.

Also both my my and my husband's phones read 12 miles when we finished (12.5 if you count our wrong turn) and going at a moderate pace it took 6.5 hours. Even on a relatively cool day (90 degrees as the high) with a steady breeze, we still ran out of water with about 20 minutes left, even after rationing while we hiked. We only saw one other couple the ENTIRE route, so getting hurt or running out of water would be very dangerous.

All that to say, as rough as we felt when we finished (we're used to 1-3 hour hikes) we still want to go again in the fall. It seriously was one of the most beautiful hikes!

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